7 days in Terengganu & Kelantan Itinerary

7 days in Terengganu & Kelantan Itinerary

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Kuala Terengganu
— 1 night
Kota Bharu
— 3 nights
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
Ferry to Kuala Besut Jetty, Fly to Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Terengganu — 1 night

Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Kampung China (Chinatown), then pause for some photo ops at Turtle Sculpture, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Crystal Mosque. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Sultan Zainal Abidin and then hunt for treasures at Pasar Payang.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kuala Terengganu driving holiday website.

Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kuala Terengganu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kota Bharu.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Kota Bharu — 3 nights

Known as ‘The Islamic City’, Kota Bharu offers a fine architectural mix of dignified mosques and old royal buildings.
Change things up with a short trip to Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque in Rantau Panjang (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Perhentian Islands, don't miss a visit to Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha, examine the collection at Istana Jahar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al-Muhammadi.

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Drive from Kuala Terengganu to Kota Bharu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil — 1 night

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perhentian Island Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay (Teluk Aur).

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Kota Bharu to Pulau Perhentian Kecil. In December in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Pulau Perhentian Besar — 1 night

Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Teluk Keke, enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Sanctuary Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pulau Perhentian Besar visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Pulau Perhentian Besar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Terengganu travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Islands
Abode of Faith
An area of impressive coastal settlements and natural abundance, Terengganu is part of northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. The state possesses a predominantly Malay culture (thanks to a limited history of migration), with mosques, traditional arts centers, and regal architecture providing the focal points of urban area. The region features waterfalls, wetlands, and forests in a state known for the tranquility of its rural areas. Along the coast, beaches are renowned for their calm atmosphere and offer prime snorkeling and diving sites.

Kelantan travel guide

Flea Markets · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Blissful Abode
With its own distinct culture, charmingly traditional rural landscape, and a wealth of ancient history, a cultural trip to Kelantan offers plenty of attractions for tourists. The Tittiwangsa Mountains kept the state virtually isolated from its surrounds for centuries, with visitors having to hike for weeks to make it there. As such, it developed its own arts, cuisine, and a dialect that is unintelligible even to many Malay speakers. To bypass the mountains, travelers to and from the state took to the seas, which bred a maritime culture that often came under attack from piracy. High peaks, coastal regions, and fertile rice fields make for a diverse geography that's a delight to explore.